written by Matthew Chapman January 22, 2019
On Saturday, President Donald Trump gave a speech to the nation, announcing what he called a “compromise” to end the government shutdown he started in an attempt to bully Congress…
On Saturday, President Donald Trump gave a speech to the nation, announcing what he called a “compromise” to end the government shutdown he started in an attempt to bully Congress into giving him the money for his border wall. His basic pitch: give me the full $5.7 billion I demanded, and I will issue a three-year extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and temporary protected status (TPS) for Central American refugees.
From the start, this idea — which was negotiated between Republicans and Republicans with no Democrats involved in the talks — was a complete nonstarter. Trump didn’t meet Democrats singular demand to reopen the government before negotiating on the border. He didn’t even try to meet Democrats halfway on the amount he was asking for the wall. And the only concession he offered was to temporarily extend two programs for immigrants and refugees that are only ending because he unilaterally canceled them in the first place.
But it gets worse. Much worse.
On Monday night, Senate Republicans unveiled the 1,300-page bill putting Trump’s proposal into action, titled the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act.” And not only does the bill contain only the most barebones extension of DACA and TPS, Republicans threw in a bunch of new provisions that would essentially dismantle the asylum process and shut millions of refugees out of the United States forever.